Sunday, December 21, 2008
Back in Puerto Natales!
We have all safely returned from the INCREDIBLE wilderness known as Patagonia. Torres del Paine National Park was simply amazing and words cannot begin to describe it. I intend to upload pictures, but unfortunately left my camera and cable in the hostel on the adventure out, so that will have to wait until the next update.
In general, we could not have asked for better weather on our trekkings. It was a bit windy and we had some moments of drizzly rain, but overall it was not too cold and the sky was pretty clear. Our first hike, which was a pretty intense 9 hour-ish journey, offered us a breath-taking view of the Torres (towers) which set the tone for the rest of our incredible 5-day wilderness expedition. We saw some LENTICULAR CLOUDS -- look it up or ask Dr. Koesler if you don't know about these things. haha. Many many flowers, birds and rocks upon rocks should also be included in our list of sightings.
Everyone is a bit sore and tired... but CLEAN because we all showered as soon as we returned to the hostel after saying goodbye to our guide, Cristian.
Now it's time to explore the city before dinner... but more blogging for you all soon!
Oh, and the hairy leg and beard competition is going well! Dr. K thinks she's going to win... lol. The guys seem to care a bit less.
Okay, I went back to the hostel real quick and grabbed my camera and USB cord, so hopefully the pictures will upload above as I'm typing this... SUCCESS! (finally) One is our group photo from our trek up to Los Torres, the other is of our fearless leaders (Dan, Cristian and Rena) in front of Glacier Grey. Woo hoo! More to come. :)